ExxonMobil Egypt partners with UNICEF to provide computers to local NGOs
28 June, 2007, Cairo, Egypt: – ExxonMobil Egypt announced its partnership with UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and its support of the agency’s Adolescent Development Programme. Working through UNICEF’s network of local NGOs, ExxonMobil donated 60 computers to organizations dedicated to youth in seven governorates including Greater Cairo and Alexandria.
“For these young people, their success in education, employment, health and other areas will have a tremendous & genuine impact on the course of their lives. Through providing the necessary facilities to improve education and increase opportunities, we can make a difference in their future today,” said Tom Walter, Chairman & Managing Director—Fuels Marketing ExxonMobil-Egypt. Walter said the children who will benefit from these computers are part of a larger social issue caused by the large number of youth in Egypt. People between the ages of 15-24 make up a larger portion of the Egyptian population today then they ever have.
“The importance of the large number of youth in Egypt, and the implications it has for this country’s growth and development, underscore the need for the active participation of corporate citizens such as ExxonMobil Egypt,” said Dr. Erma Manoncourt, UNICEF Egypt Representative. UNICEF Egypt adolescent Development and Participation programme targets adolescents and young people (10-24 years) to build their capabilities and enhance their knowledge and skills for a healthy life style. UNICEF involves adolescents as “leader of change” in their communities on issues such as FGM/C, child labour, street children, girl’s education, maternal health and HIV/AIDS prevention. UNICEF also works on strengthening the capacity of institutions working with young people.
ExxonMobil has maintained a long history of community involvement, both in Egypt, and in the more than 120 countries in which it operates. In 2006 ExxonMobil donated more than $138 million worldwide to community initiatives in the arts, education, health, and environmental preservation. In Egypt, ExxonMobil has been active in educational efforts such as the INJAZ program, providing both financial funds & resources time to the practical education enhancement of young people in economics, vocational training, and other life-skills.
ExxonMobil Egypt has also sponsored programs at higher levels of education, coordinating a special series of courses at Ain Shams University in the fall of 2006 that offered participating students an opportunity to gain hands on experience in mechanical engineering, and the ability to interact and learn from ExxonMobil officials in the field. ExxonMobil also provided partial and complete scholarships to students from Egyptian public schools wishing to complete a higher education.